15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota itinerary planner

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Custer
— 4 nights
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Deadwood
— 4 nights
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Wall
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
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Custer

— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Keystone (Presidential Trail & Big Thunder Gold Mine), Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Custer trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Custer is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Custer is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Custer hover around 59°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 4 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. When in Deadwood, make a side trip to see Roughlock Falls State Nature Area in Lead, approximately Lead away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, and make a trip to Mt Roosevelt Monument.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In May in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wall

— 3 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wall: Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook & Notch Trail). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wall trip planner.

Getting from Deadwood to Wall by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in May: highs in Wall hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 3 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Corn Palace, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Falls Park, learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls planner.

You can drive from Wall to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Wall to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.